TORONTO — Ontario is continuing to restore trust and accountability to government by releasing the salaries of Ontario Public Service and Broader Public Sector employees who were paid $100,000 or more in 2019, in accordance with the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996.
The act applies to organizations such as:
- the Government of Ontario
- Crown agencies
- boards of public health
- school boards
- universities and colleges
- Ontario Power Generation
- other public sector employers who receive a significant level of funding from the provincial government
All employers subject to the act are required to submit their disclosure records to their funding ministries by the fifth business day of March each year.
Compensation as captured in the Public Sector Salary Disclosure can include employees who are being promoted in their career, natural progression through salary ranges, overtime payments, severance payments, one-time performance-based payments and payments that may be required on retirement.
“Our government’s priority is the health and safety of all Ontarians and we are singularly focused on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board. “However, our government has also made commitments to the people of Ontario on transparency, accountability and respecting their tax dollars.”
The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996 makes Ontario’s public sector more open and accountable to taxpayers. The act requires organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario to make public, by March 31 each year, the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year.
The act applies to the provincial government, Crown agencies and corporations, Ontario Power Generation and subsidiaries, publicly funded organizations such as hospitals, municipalities, school boards, universities and colleges, and not-for-profit organizations that receive $1 million or more, or receive between $120,000 and $1 million if the funding they receive is 10 per cent or more of their gross revenues.
“We have taken positive steps and seen real results, but we must continue working hard to ensure each dollar spent gets the best results for Ontarians,” said Bethlenfalvy. “Our government has a prudent and responsible plan to manage the province’s finances and make sure we have the fiscal flexibility to deal with any challenge.”
The 2019 data is available in a downloadable, machine-readable, sortable, searchable table format on Ontario.ca/salarydisclosure, making it transparent and accessible to the people of Ontario.